Noles or Canes?

Having the bullseye on your chest as one of the best defensive backs in the state of Florida usually influences the way teams play against you. As in the case with Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep standout cornerback Pat Robinson, it means staying away. "Teams have been staying away all year," Robinson said. "The few times people have tried me, I was in cover three and they were short routes that didn't go anywhere. Nothing's gotten behind me though."

Robinson, 5-11 and 180 pounds, has been playing football since he was eight years old and he's gotten better and better ever since. "I've had a lot of experience and it's just come more naturally to me now," he said.

The talented defender, who started the last few seasons at South Miami High, has emerged as one of the state's top cornerback prospects. "Recruiting's going good so far," he said. "I don't have any visits set but I know it's Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, and Florida."

The Noles have the slight edge over the rest of the competition right now. "FSU's a little ahead right now because I grew up rooting for them and they have been on me hard from the beginning," he said. "They have already offered."

While the Noles are ahead right now, keep an eye on the hometown Hurricanes -- especially if they offer him a scholarship. "UM's got the swagger," he said. "They're a winning program and I like the athletes they always have on defense. I think I'd fit in. They're on me hard but they haven't offered yet. I'm not sure what they're waiting for."

When asked about his toughest competition so far this season, Robinson had something interesting to say. "Nobody yet," he said. "I don't get too caught up in all the rankings and everything but I know when I see a good receiver. I haven't seen one yet and I probably won't."


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